Fort Mill Times

News briefs: Lake Wylie Chamber announces info for Holiday Boat Parade

Libraries closed for staff training

All York County libraries will be closed Nov. 11 for staff training. Normal business hours will resume on Thursday.

In addition, all libraries will be closed Nov. 26-29 for Thanksgiving holidays.

For information, call 803-981-5837 or visit

Boat parade launches Dec. 12

The Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce’s 27th annual Lights on the Lake Holiday Boat Parade will brighten the season again Dec. 12, launching from T-Bones on the Lake docks.

New this year there will be a preview of decorated boats the evening of Dec. 11, said chamber president Susan Bromfield.

Returning for its second year on the lawn of T-bones is Christmas by the Lake, which includes warming stations thanks to local churches and groups with free cocoa and hot cider, a live nativity, Christmas music, luminary release to kick off the parade and a visit from Santa.

Christmas by the Lake runs 4-7 p.m.

Boaters will line up at by 6 p.m. for the boat captains meeting. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m.

Awards will be presented to the participant with the most creative lighting display.

Early registration costs $20 by Dec. 10. Late and same-day registration is $25. Registration forms are available at

Food donations for Clover Area Assistance Center and unwrapped toys for children of all ages for Santa’s Sleigh will be accepted at the chamber’s tent.

Call 803-831-2827 or email for more information.

York County Free Clinic gets $38K Walmart grant

The York County Free Clinic received a $38,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program to provide free health care to county residents without insurance.

“This gift will greatly enhance our entire program of providing care from our nurse practitioners, physicians, nurses and other volunteer allied health professionals who are dedicated to their work,” said Kathy Grier, the clinic’s executive director.

The clinic at 410 Oakland Ave. in Rock Hill provides free medical, dental and optometry services, including medications and transportation.

“It is forecasted York County, one of the fastest growing counties in the state, will be challenged in the next 10 years to meet an exploding population with health care problems, and many times that includes those residents who are without sufficient income to afford health care coverage,” Grier said.

The clinic has relationships with Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill to provide radiological services, Novant of Charlotte to provide mammography to women and Carolinas HealthCare Services in Charlotte to provide laboratory testing.

In 2014, community giving in South Carolina from Walmart stores, clubs and the Walmart Foundation totaled $31.9 million.

Clinic hours are 8:30 a.m.-noon and 2-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Call 803-366-6337 or email

York County deputies get hairy for charity

York County Sheriff’s Office deputies are taking the police nickname “fuzz” seriously this month.

For the first time, the agency is participating in No-Shave November, an annual event of growing facial hair during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues.

The No-Shave November website encourages participants – men and women – to participate and donate money to a cancer-related cause. The York County Sheriff’s Office is allowing deputies, detention officers and personnel to participate by donating $20 each to go to the York County chapter of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

On Nov. 3, more than $1,600 had been raised by sheriff’s office employees.

“People are still walking in,” said spokesman Trent Faris said. “The women who want to get involved, they can wear pink shirts with their uniforms in lieu of the black shirts we usually wear.”

The event ends Nov. 30 with a Pink Out Day, during which all staff are encouraged to wear pink to support breast cancer research.

Paint for CAAC

Cajun Canvas, 11116-B S. Tryon St., will hold the seventh annual We’ll Paint For Food throughout November to benefit Clover Area Assistance Center.

Participants receive $1 off a regular priced adult class for each food item brought in, good for up to $10 off.

Requested items include pasta meals (Hamburger Helper, macaroni and cheese, canned ravioli and spaghetti with meatballs), canned meats, beans and vegetables, and chicken-based canned soups.

Visit for the calendar and to register. Select invoice, and make payment at check-in with donation. Call 704-504-5224 for information.

Blood drives scheduled

American Red Cross will hold a blood drive 3-7 p.m. Nov. 11 at New Life Baptist Church, 201 Oak Trail, Belmont.

Other drives are:

▪ 2:30-7 p.m. Nov. 17, Unity Presbyterian Church, 303 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill.

▪ 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 20, York County Library System, 138 E. Black St., Rock Hill.

▪ 2-6:30 p.m. Nov. 30, Oakland Presbyterian Activities Center, 421 W. Oakland Ave., Rock Hill.

Red Cross is offering RapidPass so donors may complete pre-donation reading and health history questions online on the day of their donation. This reduces the time spent at blood drives by about 15 minutes. Donors may log on at

To make an appointment or for information, call 800-733-2767 or visit

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will host its 11th annual Puppies for Patients program. Donors who give blood in November and December may sign a gift tag to be attached to a stuffed toy puppy, and delivered by CBCC to children in area hospitals and care facilities during the holidays.

▪ 3:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 21, Regal Manchester Stadium 14, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Free ticket voucher for donors.

▪ 2-6 p.m. Nov. 27, Regal Manchester Stadium 14, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Free ticket voucher for donors.

▪ 4-7 p.m. Nov. 27, Sylvia Theater, 27 N. Congress St., York.

Call 704-972-4700 or go to to make an appointment at any location.

Volunteers needed for free tax service

AARP will again offer free tax preparation in 2016 at the Fort Mill Library in Baxter Village and volunteers preparers are needed.

Those interested in helping with tax return preparation or in helping clients in other ways can visit to sign up.

Study guides will be provided to help volunteers become certified. There will be an organizational meeting in mid-December and training will take place the first week in January.

This is an all-volunteer program and tax preparations will begin Feb. 2 and will continue every Tuesday and Thursday until April 14.

Make-A-Wish volunteers needed

Make-A-Wish South Carolina holds volunteer interest webinars at 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month.

Registration in advance is required. Bilingual volunteers are especially needed. Call 864-250-0702 for details.

Veterans group meets in Lake Wylie

The Point Man International Ministries group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at The Journey church.

Point Man is a veteran-to-veteran ministry with a primary service to offer spiritual healing from PTSD. Point Man also is involved in group meetings, hospital visits, conferences, supplying speakers for churches and veteran groups, welcome home projects and community support.

The organization, which includes more than 200 local outposts, reaches spiritually and emotionally wounded veterans.

The local group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month.


Cat rescuer seeks support

Carol Butler of Lake Wylie has set up a Go Fund Me account to help with her 16-year rescue efforts of cats.

To find out more about her efforts and and how to help with the feline medical bills, visit

Clover gallery seeks artists

The town of Clover is accepting submissions for Gallery 120, 120 Bethel St.

Artists should email an artist bio and three hi-res images of work to, and include Monthly Artist Feature Submission in subject line.

Gallery 120 opened in January. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Call 803-222-9493 or visit